Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Senate President Bukola Saraki Swears In New PDP Senator Following Supreme Court's Judgement

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has sworn-in Shuaibu Lau Isa as senator representing Taraba north constituency in the red chamber.

Isa, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was sworn-in today, Wednesday, July 5, at resumption of plenary.

He replaces Abubakar Danladi, who was sacked by the Supreme Court.

TTB recalls that the apex court in its ruling on Friday, June 23, had ordered Danladi to vacate his seat and refund all salaries and allowances earned in the Senate within 90 days.

Meanwhile, members of the Senate have called for the suspension of consideration and confirmation of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari over a comment credited to Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, that executive appointments did not require legislative approval based on Section 171 of the Constitution.

The Punch reports that protests came from the lawmakers when a letter from Osinbajo asking the Senate to confirm the nomination of Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila as Chairman of the National Lottery Commission, which was read by President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary.

It was gathered that while strongly condemning Osinbajo for the comment, the lawmakers successively asked that an embargo should be placed on confirmation of executive appointments pending the time the powers of the legislature had been recognised.

While threatening that legislators might move against the leadership of the Senate if it failed to take a drastic action against the executive in 48 hours, the lawmakers asked that invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to any member be ignored.

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